Frequently Asked Questions
Do I have to secure a supervisor before I can be accepted for admission?
No. Your acceptance to the program is not dependent upon having a supervisor. However, if you are accepted you must have a supervisor or rotation schedule organized before registration in the program.
How do I find a research supervisor in Immunology?
Students are required to find their own supervisor for graduate studies in Immunology. The supervisor must be a faculty member in the Department of Immunology. A list of Faculty and their Research Interests (including contact information) is available here. Applicants can start contacting faculty members regarding supervision following acceptance into the graduate program. The Department of Immunology offers the possibility of rotating through several laboratories for a period up to three months, and students are encouraged to use this option.
I have completed a Bachelor's or Master's degree from another university. Based on my transcript, can you tell me if I have a good chance to be accepted into the Immunology graduate program?
No. Admissions into the graduate program in Immunology is a competitive process and is decided by an Admissions Committee that considers many more applications than there are spaces. While grades are an important component of the decision process, the Committee considers the whole application including grades, letters of reference, research experience and the applicant's interest.
I have found a professor who has agreed to be my supervisor although my marks are below the B+ level and my background is not strong in Immunology. What are my chances of being accepted for graduate studies?
Having found a supervisor does not guarantee acceptance for admission. Your potential supervisor may wish to write a supporting letter to be attached to your application file, but this is not a requirement. Although such a letter may weight positively on your application, it is not a deciding factor. You must submit a complete application. The decision regarding admission will be made by the Admissions Committee.
If I have studied at my institution in the medium of English, do I still have to do the TOEFL exam?
If the language of instruction and examination at the university where you obtained your degree is English, TOEFL/IELTS scores are not required.
English language proficiency scores are required for applicants from universities outside of Canada where English is not the primary language of instruction. Tests must have been taken within the last 24 months at the time of submission of your application. Please see the SGS English-Language Proficiency Testing website for minimum requirements and testing information.
Is the GRE general exam required for admission?
For the 2021 admissions cycle, the GRE requirement is waived for all applicants due to the global pandemic.
Should I contact potential supervisors before acceptance?
No. We require that applicants contact potential supervisors AFTER receiving their offer of admission.
What funding is available to support my graduate studies?
All Fundamental Immunology graduate students in the Department of Immunology receive a guaranteed stipend, as outlined in the Temerty Faculty of Medicine Harmonized Funding Agreement.
These amounts are reviewed periodically. The stipend is usually derived both from external awards to the student and the supervisor's research grants.
Students with Advanced Standing in the Applied Immunology program will recieve a $5,000 stipend at the start of their first summer term.
Students with Standard Entry in the Applied Immunology program will receive a total of $10,000 in stipends over the course of their 2 years program ($5,000 at the beginning of each September).
Availability and deadlines for external scholarships and awards are announced throughout the academic year with details on eligibility criteria and application procedures. In addition, the Department of Immunology has a number of Teaching Assistantships available.
What information should be included in the statement of intent?
We ask that all applicants provide a letter indicating why they wish to study immunology at the University of Toronto. Useful information can include but is not limited to: personal background, current immunological knowledge, relevant research experience, motivation for joining the program, and career goals. The letter should be max 2 pages, single spaced, 1-inch margins.
What is the minimum GPA for consideration for graduate studies in Immunology?
MSc program: minimum GPA of 3.3, or B+, in the final two years of the Bachelor's Program (an appropriate 4 year bachelor's degree).
PhD program: completion of an MSc degree with an average of at least B+, or an A- average in the final two years of undergraduate study for direct entry into the PhD program.
Transcripts from international students will be equated to the grading system at the University of Toronto. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered for admission.